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  1. I'm starting a new thread about this because the other one got hijacked and is not current and is 14 pages in length. I bought a 6-pack of the 2nd-gen. Echo Dot and had the dealer guys over to work out some kinks. I am their first to use the new drivers (or any voice control) so they had a learning curve. They had to re-do a lot of tags on devices to make it more intuitive with voice control. It is controlling my lights well and my Haiku fan. Also got hunter-Douglas shades integrated into the Control4 system. So far, this is very fun. It will turn on the theater and select inputs, haven't figured out how to change channels with voice command yet. Issues: I have hidden the Dots above cabinets in the kitchen and living room. They hear me very well except when music playing, then I have to repeat like 3 times to get a command through (ususally, "Echo, STOP!"). I don't have a spare cable running from the kitchen to the matrix to connect audio. For now I am still using Chromecast Audio as I use Google Play for all my music and am happy with that. It would be nice to have native support for Google Play + Control4. Echo will turn on and off different rooms' audio, but that's of limited utility since I am going to my cell phone to control my music anyway. I'm thrilled that Control4 offers this capability, I hope Amazon adds a feature where I can hook up an additional Dot at the audio matrix and tell the Dot in my kitchen to play all music through the one connected to the matrix, without adding another wire.
  2. chopedogg88

    Amazon Echo Driver!

    In case you haven't heard yet...we have released a really really cool, simple yet extremely powerful driver for the Amazon Echo. In a nutshell, it allows you to define custom keyword "triggers"...such as "kitchen", "house", "TV", "downstairs", "master blinds", etc...(you can create whatever keywords you like, other than a few words which are reserved by the Echo, such as "play", "pandora", etc.) For each trigger that you define, you can program any control4 activities to take place (activate a lighting scene, raise blinds, turn on TV to specific channel, etc...anything that can be controlled via your control4 system based on whatever components you have installed). For example...you can say "Alexa, turn on downstairs", or "Alexa, dim (or brighten) the kitchen", or "Alexa, turn off the house"... and have those commands trigger any programming that you desire in Control4. Here are a couple videos of the driver in action: Comet Smart Homes Video Video 1 Video 2 As with any driver, you will need your dealer to add the driver to your project and configure it to work with your Echo(s). The driver can be purchased from www.epic-systems.com Thanks! -Ari Download Driver Documentation Download Driver
  3. Epic Systems has just released our driver for Google Home! If you have used our driver for Amazon Echo, you will feel right at home. It works in a very similar fashion, with some added benefits: -Does not require any actions from within composer in order to discover devices. Just link the Google Home to our driver once, and then after that, any new triggers or removed triggers will automatically synch with the Home in a matter of a second or two -Side benefit of using Google Home - it has much fewer restrictions on reserved words. I have successfully implemented trigger phrases such as "shades", "blinds", "CNN", "ESPN", several other channel names, several individual Artist names, etc. -Another side benefit - Google Home responds with "Sure, turning the <trigger name> On/Off", instead of just "okay". The driver can be purchased now on www.epic-systems.com I recorded a video showing how easy and quick it is to setup and program the driver (embedded on the product page for the driver). As with our Echo driver, no 4sight license is required, and no 3rd party cloud-based services are required (other than what Google Home itself needs to operate itself). As a result, it is extremely fast, and extremely reliable! Enjoy!
  4. For those who aren't aware- We have recently released our driver for Google Home! If you have used our driver for Amazon Echo, you will feel right at home. It works in a very similar fashion, with some key added benefits: -Does not require any actions from within composer in order to discover devices. Just link the Google Home to our driver once, and then after that, any new triggers or removed triggers will automatically synch with the Home in a matter of a second or two -Side benefit of using Google Home - it has much fewer restrictions on reserved words. I have successfully implemented trigger phrases such as "shades", "blinds", "CNN", "ESPN", several other channel names, several individual Artist names, etc. -Another side benefit - Google Home responds with "Sure, turning the <trigger name> On/Off", instead of just "okay". The driver can be purchased now on www.epic-systems.com! I recorded a video showing how easy and quick it is to setup and program the driver: https://www.epic-systems.com/products/google-home-driver-for-control4 As with our Echo driver, NO 4sight license is required, and NO 3rd party cloud-based services are required (other than what Google Home itself needs to operate itself). As a result, it is extremely fast to respond to commands, and extremely reliable! Once the driver is added to your project, all programming can be done using Composer HOME EDITION. Enjoy! -Epic Systems
  5. After using my Amazon Dot and Alexa for a couple of weeks now it seems obvious to me that it is more than just a fad. Is there any chance that Control4 would start adding voice control capabilities to their existing or new touchscreens? It looks like Amazon is looking for companies to build Alexa into their products https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-voice-service. Would be nice to have 1 less device laying around.
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